Jean-Jacques Pagès puts the defense and illustration of contemporary lutherie at the heart of his work. Thanks to his encounters with two masters: Jean Eulry in Mirecourt and Etienne Vatelot in Paris, he is trained in the great tradition of French violin making, both through the acquisition of techniques and gestures, and through contact with heritage instruments: the hand and the eye.
The luthier builds a draught box that a simple brush of hair transforms into emotion. The luthier's mastery means shaping the intangible.
It seems to him that the mind can only be freed to create if full mastery of the gesture is attained, knowing that wood is a living and varied material, and it is then that one must compose with it. See it, touch it, feel it, make it sound, and assess how far you can go to achieve the desired, optimal sound. In this way, no weariness is possible, no mechanical repetition: each instrument becomes the result of this experience.
Lauréat de la récompense Talents d’exception du Prix Liliane Bettencourt pour l'Intelligence de la Main® 2000